People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
As human populations increase in size, extent, and diversity, natural resource planners and policymakers must address growing concerns about a wide range of environments. To make the best decisions – for people and for nature – they need information about how people and natural environments influence each other in rural and urban areas and everywhere in between. That is the focus of the People and Their Environments research unit.
Staffed with social scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, People and Their Environments is one of only a few Forest Service research work units that studies the human component of natural resource management. Our expertise ranges across the social science disciplines: economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and related fields like landscape architecture, recreation, and planning.
Our Research Areas
- Changing Population Demographics, Changing Land Uses
- Perceptions and Experiences of Nature
- People’s Outdoor Activities
- Environmental Values
- Natural Resource Disturbances
- Urban Ecology
- Asah, Stanley T.; Bengston, David N.; Westphal, Lynne M.; Gowan, Catherine H. 2018. Mechanisms of children's exposure to nature: Predicting adulthood environmental citizenship and commitment to nature-based activities. Environment and Behavior.
- Bluffstone, R.; Coulston, J.; Haight, R.G.; Kline, J.; Polasky, S.; Wear, D.N.; Zook, K. 2017. Estimated values of carbon sequestration resulting from forest management scenarios. In: Wainger, L.; Ervin, D., eds. The valuation of ecosystem services from farms and forests: informing a systematic approach to quantifying benefits of conservation programs. Report No. 0114-301. Washington, DC: Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE).
- Butler, Sarah M.; Huff, Emily S.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Butler, Brett J.; Tyrrell, Mary 2017. The Role of Gender in Management Behaviors on Family Forest Lands in the United States. Journal of Forestry
- Butler, Brett J.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2017. National Woodland Owner Survey: family forest ownerships with 1 to 9 acres, 2011-2013. Resour. Bull. NRS-114. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 9 p.
- Chuang, Wen-Ching; Boone, Christopher G.; Locke, Dexter H.; Grove, J. Morgan; Whitmer, Ali; Buckley, Geoffrey; Zhang, Sainan 2017. Tree canopy change and neighborhood stability: A comparative analysis of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
- Arnberger, Arne; Schneider, Ingrid E.; Ebenberger, Martin; Eder, Renate; Venette, Robert C.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Gobster, Paul H.; Choi, Ami; Cottrell, Stuart 2017. Emerald ash borer impacts on visual preferences for urban forest recreation settings. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
- Yemshanov, Denys; Haight, Robert G.; Koch, Frank H.; Venette, Robert; Studens, Kala; Fournier, Ronald E.; Swystun, Tom; Turgeon, Jean J.; Gao, Yulin 2017. A safety rule approach to surveillance and eradication of biological invasions. PLOS ONE
- Klenosky, David B.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Vogt, Christine A.; Campbell, Lindsay K. 2017. If we transform the landfill, will they come? Predicting visitation to Freshkills Park in New York City. Landscape and Urban Planning
- Gobster, Paul H.; Sachdeva, Sonya; Lindsey, Greg. 2017. Up on The 606. Understanding the Use of a New Elevated Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail in Chicago, Illinois. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
- Floress, Kristin; Garcia de Jalon, Silvestre; Church, Sarah P.; Babin, Nicholas; Ulrich-Schad, Jessica D.; Prokopy, Linda S. 2017. Toward a theory of farmer conservation attitudes: Dual interests and willingness to take action to protect water quality. Journal of Environmental Psychology
Last Modified: 06/07/2016